Missouri lawmakers seek redistricting compromise

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 9:12 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers are working into the night to develop a proposal for redrawing the state's congressional districts.

Lawmakers are drawing a new U.S. House map after the state lost one of its nine congressional seats because the 2010 census found Missouri's 7 percent population growth over the last decade did not keep pace with the nation.

The House and Senate earlier have each approved their own proposed map. Lawmakers were working in private Thursday night to reach a compromise.

Among the biggest differences between the House and Senate maps has been how to divide St. Charles and Jefferson counties near St. Louis.

Legislative leaders hope to approve a final redistricting map this week.


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